Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Akron’s Wireless Plan

Council has ponied up $800,000 over 5 years to get the ball rolling. The University is chipping in $350,000.

I still don’t see how a ‘free’ wireless service will a) generate a revenue stream to cover the costs of operations, let alone maintenance and upgrades; b) add significant value to the community.

Without a defined revenue stream, this is not a sustainable project.

The only absolutely clear cut beneficiary would be some coffee shop in the area that wouldn’t have to provide it’s own wireless service to compete with the national chains.